As you may have noticed, I wrote a blog last week about some of the scholarship answers that I had given while getting ready for college. I had so much fun with it, and found another set. This one is later, but still awhile ago. Remember, italic is what I wrote then, normal is what I wrote now.
Why do you think it is important for you to keep a high GPA?
It is important to keep a high GPA not for the number, but for the education you are receiving. It is easy to slack off and just pass a class, but you do not get as much out of it as you would if you worked hard to get a good grade. Everyone should be the best they can be at what they do. If a person is a brain surgeon or a garbage man, they need to do well. I don’t know if I would want the brain surgeon to pick up my garbage, he most likely doesn’t know how. It is important to get a good education, and most of the time having a high GPA is the way to go.
Oh no, you are going to hate me, but it isn’t. I guess I alluded to that in my answer back then, that all it really matters is what you learned, but it is so true, mostly. I went all through my college years not caring. I did my best, I worked hard, I got a D here and there on projects and tests, I improved. It wasn’t until I went to get into Grad School that I really noticed my GPA, and realized, it wasn’t that good. However, they knew me, they knew what I could do. I may not have looked that great on paper, but I was a good student and learned a lot. Well, they let me in anyways, and I haven’t looked at my GPA since. I have no idea what it was when I graduated, all I knew was I graduated. I guess to say why is it important? It looks good on applications. Our system of grading people is based around a GPA, and since it looks good to have a high GPA, you should probably have a good one.
Describe one obstacle you encountered during you education and how you overcame it.
Plus one class I need, there are many other classes I would love to take to enhance my education. I thought it would be nice to get my associates degree in the Spring 2005 so I could go up to the University of Utah. I figured out I would need to take 21 credits to be able to do this. I looked on the internet, saw what I needed to do and went after it. After a lot of problems getting permission, I finally was able to take 21 credits. The one class I really wanted to take was taught the same time as another I needed to take, so I decided I would take another. I was suppose to have a prerequisite for it, but got permission to take it anyway. I signed up, went to the class, only to find out only two people were in it, and the class was soon canceled. I could have worked harder to get up to the U, do some extra work, but I decided I would just stay around at SLCC another year.
The funny thing is, as I was reading this that is the story that popped into my head. But, it doesn’t stop there. Because of this putting me back a year, when I made it up to the University of Utah I didn’t have all of the classes I needed to graduate. But, I didn’t find this out until I was nearly done. So, I had to take an online class, that didn’t move as fast as I wanted it to, and so put me back another semester, and I didn’t graduate until the Summer. Ah, lovely. But, it doesn’t end there. Because of this, and other small issues, I wasn’t accepted into the Master’s program when and how I wanted to be, and so instead of it taking me 2 years, I took it slower and took the classes they wanted me to take instead of my own choosing like everyone else, and it took me 3 years. I did eventually graduate with a Masters, but if time had been working with me instead of against me, I could have been done two years earlier.
Please describe the qualities you posses which will help you succeed in college.
I have many good qualities to help me succeed in college. I am very punctual; I did not miss a day in high school. I love my major, some days they are the only classes that make me happy. I am easy to get along with, on more than one occasion I was just talking and people listened to me and we became good friends. I also like to do things early. In one of my classes during the summer we got a project to work on the whole semester with check-ins along the way. I got more work done between check-ins then required, and did more of the project than was necessary. I have been very successful in college so far and don’t plan to get any worse.
Describe your educational and career goals.
I have taken many classes in architecture, and love them. I plan to finish my associate degree in architecture her at Salt Lake Community College, then go up to the University of Utah to get an M.Arch. Afterwards I would like to go and finish all of the things I need to do to become an architect, like the three-year internship and a week long test.
Ah, life. So, I finished a lot of these by the way. I did SLCC, went up the U, got a Master of Architecture, so I guess a MARCH… But so far my career goals haven’t been the same. They changed the tests by the way, it is now nine small test, well, smaller, and a lot of people fail them the first time or so. I haven’t been able to get into an internship, but I am thinking, I don’t know if I want to be an architect at all. I really like houses, and designing them. And to be a residential designer, you do not need to be a licensed architect at all. So, the plan for today is to work in a residential design firm, be a good drafter, learn all that I can, design all that I can, even if it is just how the drawing is laid out on the page, and see where it leads me.